Melissa Van Dyke


International Expert Advisor for Implementation

University of Strathclyde





Member since


Years in implementation:

6 or more years

Board Member 2017-2019



Honorary roles:

Primary types of work:

Primary areas of work:

Higher Education

Service Design and Development
Organisational Leadership
Implementation Support and Technical Assistance

Social Care - Child
Mental Health
Public Health
Criminal Justice/Policing
Child Development/Early Years Education/Schools
Local Government policy

In August 2015, with support from the Scottish Government, Melissa joined the Centre of Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS) at the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde, as the International Expert Advisor on Implementation. Melissa works with key stakeholders to support capacity building of the health, education, and social care sectors in the areas of improvement and implementation science. In addition, Melissa supports various Scottish Government efforts to transfer policy and legislation into real practice change across Scotland.

Main topics of interest:

Implementation-informed Service Design
Scaling Up
Competencies for Implementation Support

Melissa comes to the field of implementation after working in state government in the United States in the child welfare, children’s mental health, and juvenile justice systems. With her experience as an administrative leader and Deputy Superintendent of a large juvenile correctional facility, Melissa brings not only leadership in direct service provision but also a passion and commitment to effective professional development. During her years in state government, Melissa coordinated and led various organizational and statewide program implementation and system improvement initiatives.

In the 2005, Melissa joined the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), originally located at the Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida, and then moving to the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her ten years with NIRN, Melissa provided implementation science expertise while leading and coordinating community, state, and federal initiatives to support effective practices in mental health, child welfare, education, criminal justice, and early childhood. In addition, Melissa has provided leadership on numerous grants and contracts to build capacity of federal, state, and local partners to support effective implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed programs and policies.









Fixsen, D., Blase, K., Van Dyke, M. (2019). Implementation Practice and Science. Active Implementation Research Network. Chapel Hill, NC.


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